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Posted on 03-07-2016
Help to reduce the pet overpopulation problem and keep your pet healthier and happier.
Spring is just around the corner, and along with longer days comes the return of heat cycles for unaltered dogs and cats! Altering, spaying, and neutering are all terms used to describe surgical removal of a dog’s or a cat’s reproductive organs.
Female cats will begin their heat cycles around six months of age and can produce three litters a year. The breeding season for female cats runs from February through September-October. One unspayed female cat and her unaltered offspring can produce hundreds of cats within a few years time. Unaltered male cats will compete for females and run a high risk of injury or disease from fighting. Many of the unaltered males have lost their indoor pet status due to “spraying,” an unpleasant habit unneutered male cats use to mark their territory. Most cat owners will not tolerate having urine sprayed on their walls and furniture for very long before “Fluffy” becomes an outdoor cat!
Animal shelter workers dread the Spring “kitten season,” because they will be inundated with litters of kittens in need of homes, and those adorable balls of fluff will insure that older cats at the shelter have less chance of finding homes. Some of the adult cats at no-kill shelters are last year’s kittens that have not found placement. Statistics indicate that only one in four kittens ends up in a home. The other less fortunate cats will roam the streets trying to stay alive or will be euthanized.
The age at which female dogs begin their heat cycle depends on breed, but six to nine months is a general rule. The giant breeds may not have a heat cycle until around 18 months of age. Some breeds will have a heat cycle two to three times a year, while others have only one cycle a year. At six to nine months of age dogs are not physically mature and the stress of pregnancy can lead to health problems for the female and her pups. Unneutered male dogs will follow female dogs in heat and sometimes end up many miles from home. They may be picked up as strays and sent to shelters, if they are lucky. The less fortunate, unable to find their way home, are often killed trying to cross highways or die from disease or starvation.
There is no good reason to avoid spaying or neutering pets. Altered pets are healthier and happier, and their owners are happier, too. The surgery is low risk and most pets are back to normal within a week or so. Altering a pet’s reproductive status does not change their personality, or cause them to gain weight, provided they are not overfed. Neutering can help curb marking behavior in both dogs and cats.
In order to help our clients keep their pets healthy, and “Fluffy” safely indoors, Animal Care Associates offers a reduced cost cat neuter clinic the first Wednesday of every month.
Remember, spring is fast approaching, so call us today to schedule the necessary procedure for your pet. You will be helping to reduce the pet overpopulation problem and keeping your pet healthier and happier.
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Animal Care Associates will no longer be seeing patients on Saturdays.
Beginning on May 19th Animal Care Associates will no longer have doctor hours on Saturday. We will remain open for boarders only. Unfortunately we will no longer have veterinarians available to see patients on that day.
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